We use local ingredients to make seasonal beer. Sometimes they are 'true' seasonals (eg. late summer Plum Brown) but sometimes we simply decide a season that suits (eg. Oatmeal Stout in winter).
That's because we want our beer to evoke a time and place.
We're not aiming for sameness. If you enjoyed our Petite Saison last year we want you enjoy the next one, even if the malted barley and hops from the next harvest are slightly different.
This variation is what makes our beer so fun to make (and hopefully to drink). And the risk it can go wrong — when making a beer for Wild Dunedin, for example — only adds to that enjoyment.
But it can be frustrating, too.
We've found it hard this past year to source yeast strains when we want them. That's meant shelving some beers and brewing others out of season.
We hope to get back on track as shipping availability and cost improves.
Until then, if you find a beer you enjoy drinking make the most of it!
Paul & Karen